Joshua Morrison/News The house at 204 E. Sugar St., remains boarded up after being labeled a public nuisance in 2017.
News file photos Properties on East Sugar Street, left, and East Ohio Avenue, right, remain boarded up after being determined public nuisances. The Sugar Street property was closed by the Knox County Common Pleas Court for drug activity and the City of Mount Vernon established the Ohio Avenue property violated the Property Maintenance Code.

News file photos

Properties on East Sugar Street, left, and East Ohio Avenue, right, remain boarded up after being determined public nuisances. The Sugar Street property was closed by the Knox County Common Pleas Court for drug activity and the City of Mount Vernon established the Ohio AVenue property violated the Property Maintenance Code.

MOUNT VERNON — An East Sugar Street resident addressed Mount Vernon City Council Monday night, asking council what it intends to do about properties that have been boarded up for long periods of time by property owners or deemed public nuisances.

“I’m here to ask what the city’s plan is for 204 E. Sugar St., and other properties like it — Ohio Avenue, Pleasant Street, just to name other areas with the same problem,” Hillier said. “… We allow properties to deteriorate and take the neighborhood down with it without a penalty.”

Hillier was expressly talking about 204 E. Sugar St., which was deemed a nuisance by the Knox County Common Pleas Court Jan. 20, 2017, after it was busted by law enforcement as a den of drug activity. While the property has been shown to potential buyers, it has not been sold.

 

Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or samantha.scoles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

Previous Story

 

Rules: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don’t attack other commenters personally and keep your language decent. If a comment violates our comments standards, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member.